Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts - December 13th 2018

Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts is a Weekly Meme hosted by Christine @ Bookishly  Boisterous.

Happy Thursday Bookdragons! I hope your week is going well. It's been a bit of a sad one for me.

1. Back in September I found out through my paternal grandmother that my father, whom I'd thought was dead for most of my life, was in fact alive and living a mere 15-20 miles away. On Saturday I found out through a cousin (of sorts) that my father has mouth cancer and if he elected to do surgery (which he passed on) they'd have to remove part of his jaw. At this point optimistically he has 4-5 months to live. I can't believe I found out my dad was alive after being lied to for most of my 26 years of life only to find that he doesn't have much time left. I'm not sure I've fully processed it yet. I was still processing him being alive at all. 

2. I broke my reading slump by borrowing Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff from my local library's Overdrive. I'm loved it as much as Illuminae but I don't like how the formatting looks in the Kindle version... I wish I would have grabbed a physical copy from the library. 

3. I went home the other night and realized someone I live with went into my room when I was gone so I went into an organizing frenzy so I know where everything is now.  

4. I finally got the Christmas tree decorated the other day and it looks so good. Keeping the cat out of it is a different matter... 

5. Fun fact about me: when I'm depressed I like to go online and look for books to buy. Tuesday I almost bought $60 worth of books at Barnes and Noble. Luckily my pay day isn't until the 15th so I knew enough not to submit the order. On the bright side... after pay day I can submit my Apollycon Virtual Signing Order!!!!

6. I. Have. No. Time. To. Write. Lately. Seriously... I need to get these ideas out of my head and onto the computer page but there simply are not enough hours in the day. 

7. I’m loving my #Bookstagrams theme for December... it's bright and white and festive... perfect for the holiday.

{Cover Reveal} INTERLUDE by D. Kelly

Today I am excited to be helping D. Kelly and InkSlingerPR reveal the cover for INTERLUDE. INTERLUDE is a brand new standalone contemporary romance set in the world of the Illusion series. Don't miss out and pre-order your copy today!

Jordan Weston is good-looking, mysterious, and sexually uninhibited, but his life is more like the name of his bar―Just an Illusion. His cousins are the bad boys of Bastards and Dangerous, but their fame hasn’t made everything rainbows and sunshine for him. He’s haunted, flawed, and the sole survivor of a homicide that wiped out his immediate family.

Allie Baker, the most recent hire at the bar, can see through Jordan’s façade. She knows he’s everything she doesn’t need, but she’s beginning to crave his cocky attitude and the way he looks at her. The more she tries to stay away from him, the more she wants to get to know him.

Jordan knows falling for an employee is a bad idea, but Allie pushes buttons he never realized he had. Even though Allie desperately needs her job, she soon decides being with Jordan is more important. Will they be able to compromise, or will she let her chance at love pass her by for the sake of a paycheck?

Pre-order INTERLUDE today! Amazon | Amazon Paperback | Apple | Barnes & Noble | Kobo


About D. KELLY
Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan. Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better. A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Newsletter | BookBub

I Can't Wait For... The Priory of the Orange Tree

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released.

I've heard so many people talk about this book so I check out the blurb and it sounds really, really good...

The Priory of the Orange Tree
By Samantha Shannon
Epic Fantasy
Hardcover and eBook, 848 Pages
February 26,  2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing


From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, a trailblazing, epic high fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons--and the women who must lead the fight to save it.

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction--but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

{Release Day Blitz} ROCK REBEL by Tara Leigh

Today I'm helping Tara Leigh spread the word about her latest release, the third book in the Nothing but Trouble Series! Rock Rebel is now available!

“Tara Leigh has written her best Nothing But Trouble Book with Rock Rebel.” 
~Musings of the Modern Belle

He's a rock star with a secret, she's a pop princess with a painful past - can their forbidden romance survive, or will their lies destroy them both?

I've earned my bad reputation.

A few years ago, I was New York City's hottest classical music prodigy. But I wanted something else, something more. So I chased my real dream, and now... I'm rock royalty. Dax Hughes, lead guitarist of Nothing but Trouble. But to my family and former Juilliard classmates, I'm an outcast. A misfit. A rebel.

They're not entirely wrong. I don't give a damn what other people think, and I'm all for breaking the rules... except when it comes to our new opening act, Verity Moore.

Rock gods don't tour with pop princesses. 

It's not personal. Actually, under that fallen diva reputation, Verity's incredibly talented. And her fiery redheaded personality is... intriguing. But I'm convinced the skeletons in Verity's closet are as scandalous as my own, and when we're not sparring, she has a way of drawing out all those secrets I'm determined to keep hidden.

Yeah. Verity Moore is definitely off-limits . . .

But since when do I give a damn about the rules?


Tara Leigh is a multi-published author of steamy contemporary romance. A former banker on Wall Street, she graduated from Washington University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, but she much prefers spending her days with fictional boyfriends than analyzing financial spreadsheets. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children, and fur-baby, Pixie. She is represented by Jessica Alvarez, of Bookends Literary Agency.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: FREEBIE

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish and currently hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Items I'd Love To Own

This week's TTT is a freebie week and since I missed this theme a few weeks ago and because Christmas is coming up I decided to bring back Ten Bookish Items I'd Love to Own!

1. Ond Eldr. Breathe Fire. Candle from Novelly Yours.

2. Punk Rock Author Shirt by OutofPrint

3. Book Nightshirt from Signals

4. We Are the Thirteen Candle by Paper Flames Candle Company

5. 1 - Yard of Shadow and Bone Fabric by Silke-tara

6.  The Cursebreaker. ACOTAR Inspired Print. Artwork by Jade Jones

What are bookish things would you love to get?
Let me know in the comments or drop me a link to your TTT!
Happy Reading Bookdragons!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading! December 10

#IMWAYR is a weekly meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.

What I Read Last Week:
I usually love Tijan's books but this one was a miss for me. It's supposed to be the starter of a new series but I think it's connected to a different series which might be why I couldn't get into it. I didn't understand what the "crew" nonsense was. If they weren't a gang, then what were they?

Crimson Peak is my favorite movie and I've been dying to read the novelization! It stuck true to the movie, but gave the reader more depth into minds Edith, Alan, and the other characters which I loved. 

What I Am Reading Now:

I loved Illuminae and luckily I was able to get Gemina through my local library's overdrive system and I dove right in. The only think I don't like is that the formatting doesn't look as cool in ebook format - I wish I would have gotten a physical copy from the library. But I'm devouring the story all the same.

Yep! Still no progress. No excuses, just no time to listen.

Up Next:

Sunday, December 9, 2018

2019 Beat The Backlist Intentions

Next year I'm jumping into the BEAT THE BACKLIST Challenge! Here is some of my 2019 Intended Reads!

1. After the Woods by Kim Savage (Published 2016)

2. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman (Published 2016)

3. Defiance by C.J. Redwine (Published 2012)

4. Honor by Jay Crownover (Published 2016)

5. Ten by Gretchen McNeil (Published 2012)

6. Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Published 2013)

7. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn (Published 2013)

8. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Published 2017)

9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Published 2012)

10. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (Published 2012)

11. Tighter by Adele Griffin (Published 2011)

12. The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco
Will you be participating in the 2019 Beat the Backlist Challenge?